Is Patriots' quarterback Mac Jones a bottom five passer in the NFL?

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Patriots' quarterback Mac Jones is not scaring anyone. Could be be a bottom five passer in the NFL? Are the Patriots in this bad of a situation with their quarterbacks? Mac Jones regressed considerably in the 2022 season, so much so that a mid-round rookie QB in Bailey Zappe looked better on the field than Jones did.

And honestly, I'm not sure that there's an appreciable difference in talent between Jones and Zappe. Right now, Jones is likely going to begin the year as the starter for the Patriots unless something major happens.

However, will Jones be good enough in 2022? If you think that he can return to his 2021 form and build on that, then the answer should be a resounding yes. If not, you may think that the Pats might be in the market for a new quarterback come 2024.

In these CBS Sports QB rankings for 2023, Jones is ranked as the 29th best QB in the NFL.

The 33rd Team ranked Mac Jones at 25th overall. Even though many in the fanbase think Mac Jones can bounce back in 2023, the truth is that he is being viewed very, very low across the national NFL landscape. People have forgotten about his excellent 2021 rookie season when he looked the part of a future franchise quarterback.

They see Jones struggle in 2023 and Zappe play competently and knock Jones for that. As a total package at the position, Jones isn't special. He does throw with anticipation and has been rather accurate during his first two seasons, but that's really it.

The arm is fine, the mobility is below average, and the intangibles that many franchise QBs have simply isn't there as of now. I personally think that if a QB still has questions going into their third season in the NFL, then the QB isn't a franchise signal caller.

I am not actively rooting against Mac Jones at all. I'm really not, but I do think the Patriots unfortunately have a bottom-five passer in the NFL as of now.